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Title: Effect of COVID-19 restrictions and border closures on vaccine preventable diseases in Victoria, Australia, 2020-2021.
Austin Authors: Bhatt, Paraag;Strachan, Janet;Easton, Marion;Franklin, Lucinda;Drewett, George 
Affiliation: Infectious Diseases
Burnet Institute, Victoria, Australia
Department of Health, Victoria, Australia
School of Medicine, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 19-May-2022 2022
Publication information: Communicable Diseases Intelligence (2018) 2022; 46
Abstract: In 2020, Victoria introduced multiple interventions aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We examine the effect of these restrictions on other vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). We analysed the mandatory reporting data, notified to the Victorian Department of Health, for VPDs from January 2015 to December 2021. Reductions in notifications were seen for most notifiable VPDs. A precipitous decline in influenza and measles notifications was recorded in April 2020, which was sustained for both diseases throughout 2020-2021. Notifications for chickenpox, invasive meningococcal disease, invasive pneumococcal disease, and pertussis were reduced by greater than 50% from the 2015-2019 average. No notified cases of diphtheria, poliomyelitis, or rubella were reported in 2020-2021. Restrictions placed to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were associated with significant reductions in other VPDs, which were sustained into 2021. Nevertheless, it is important that high levels of population vaccine coverage continue, to prevent a rebound increase in VPDs as restrictions are eased, and to maximise protection against VPDs for all Australians.
DOI: 10.33321/cdi.2022.46.29
ORCID: 0000-0002-9439-0251
Journal: Communicable Diseases Intelligence (2018)
PubMed URL: 35591751
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Coronavirus
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